Arcadia, CA — A San Gabriel Valley Girl Scout troop leader has been charged after police allege she spent more than $2000 of Girl Scout Cookie sales proceeds on a personal spending spree. A Girl Scout co-leader alleges that an additional $4000 in cash from sales is also missing.
According to the Arcadia Police Department, South El Monte/El Monte Troop leader Ana Isabel Juarez, 30, was arrested on April 17 for allegedly using a Girl Scout debit card – intended for troop use – for personal expenses. The purchases were reportedly made from Sept. 2011 through March 2012.
“It was just shocking to see that we became her own personal piggy bank: gas, nails, Nordstroms, Victoria’s Secret,” said troop co-leader Verna de los Reyes.
De los Reyes said about $2,000 is missing from the troop’s accounts, in addition to $4,000 in cash that was raised during the Girl Scout cookie sale. An interview with De los Reyes can be seen here.
“The cash never made it to the bank,” de los Reyes said.
Police booked Juarez after the Girl Scouts organization reported the missing money. A Girl Scouts executive was reported to have said that Juarez had a 6-year-old daughter in the troop – but she was withdrawn from the troop just before the news broke.
In total, the ten girls sold more than 5000 boxes of cookies with the hope of winning an American Girl doll and a limousine ride. It has been reported that there’s not enough cookie dough in the troop’s account to make that happen.
Police noted that this current arrest identified an outstanding warrant for Juarez stemming from a 2001 grand theft embezzlement case in a different city.
Juarez is due in court later today.